| Harmony-seeking Computation
University of California, Berkeley, and Cambridge University
"A Science of Non-Classical Dynamics Based on the Progressive
Evolution of the Larger Whole"
In this paper, I am trying to lay out a new form of computation, which
focuses on the harmony reached in a system. This type of computation
in some way resembles certain recent results in chaos theory and
complexity theory. However, the orientation of harmony-seeking
computation is toward a kind of computation which finds harmonious
configurations, and so helps to create things, above all, in real
world situations: buildings, towns, agriculture, and ecology.
I try to show that this way of thinking about computation is closer to
intuition and personal feeling than the processes we typically
describe as "computations." It is also more useful, potentially, in a
great variety of tasks we face in building and taking care of the
surface of the Earth, and quite different in character since it is
value-oriented, not value-free.
Examples are taken from art, architecture, biology, physics,
astrophysics, drawing, crystallography, meteorology, dynamics of
living systems, and ecology.
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